“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
Bernie Sanders is not the Right Guy
An article in Algemeiner had an interesting take on Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire primary victory:
Jewish commentators were quick to weigh in on Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire win on Wednesday, which made him the first American-Jewish candidate ever to win a primary.
National Jewish Democratic Council Chairman Greg Rosenbaum called Sanders’ victory and the fact that he is the first Jewish-American to win a presidential primary a “great pride.”
“We congratulate Senator Sanders on his victory … it should come as no surprise that the Jewish-American who won that victory is a Democrat, as the stark contrast between the parties’ primary campaigns highlights with each passing day … As Jewish Democrats, we look forward to a continuing, spirited campaign for the Democratic nomination where Jewish values are indeed valued,” he said, according to Jewish Insider.
President of the American Health Policy Institute Tevi Troy, who has commentated on support for Israel among Democrats and the GOP, said Sanders’ win demanded supporters of Israel on both sides of the aisle start paying attention.
“On Sunday, he revealed that he gets his foreign policy advice from Israel critics J Street and James Zogby; on Tuesday, he won a resounding victory in New Hampshire,” said Troy, referring to the controversial advocacy group and the founder of the Arab American Institute.
Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith predicted for the Jewish Insider that Sanders’ campaign trail could lead the liberal Vermont senator into antisemitism territory.
First things first. I’m not concerned about Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire leading to an upswing in anti-Semitism. Pockets of anti-Semitism exist in the U.S., but at this point they aren’t significant.
Second, New Hampshire should have been Sanders 2nd victory in a row. The odds of Hillary Clinton winning 6 out of 6 coin tosses in Iowa are so improbable that I believe Sanders had the victory. I think the election was stolen from him.
Third, Sanders appears to be honest. His refusal to seek or accept super PAC funds or Wall Street donations while railing against our campaign finance laws is admirable. Hillary blasts away at big money while she whores around trying to gobble up as much cash as she can. Hillary isn’t honest.
Fourth, if it appears that the system is rigged, it’s only because it is.
For example, Barack Obama told us that he would represent ordinary Americans. His first action as president was to take hundreds of billions of dollars from taxpayers ostensibly to rebuild our country’s crumbling infrastructure. Those were the shovel-ready projects he talked about.
Turns out that he gave our money to union bosses and Wall Street bankers. If that’s not rigged, I don’t know what is.
Sanders is talking about another round of infrastructure “investments”. We actually need it, but the Democrat record doesn’t lead me to believe that they can be trusted again. The same is true about Bush. I’ve been Bushwhacked twice, and I won’t be Bushwhacked again unless it’s Bush vs. a Democrat.
Fifth, during Sanders’ victory speech following the New Hampshire primary, he said, “Climate change is real.” Of course, climate change is real. Everyone knows that. Thinking people realize that manmade CO2 emissions didn’t cause the change.
I like to ask global warming alarmists (I put Sanders in that camp) a few questions to show how foolish they sound. For instance,
- When did the Little Ice Age end? Answer: about 1850 A.D.
- How long did it last? Answer: about 500 years, from about 1350 A.D. to 1850 A.D.
- What happens when earth comes out of an Ice Age? Answer: global temperatures rise.
- What effect did manmade CO2 emissions have on earth’s climate in 1850 A.D.? Answer: minimal.
- How long has earth’s climate been changing? Answer: since earth was formed.
- How long will earth’s climate change? Answer: as long as earth exists.
Sanders has taken a big gulp of the global warming Kool-Aid. That means he isn’t presidential material.
Sixth, during his victory speech, Sanders trumpeted LGBT “equality”. That means he has weak moral underpinnings. Moral questions have right and wrong answers, not liberal and conservative answers. We can’t continue down the path toward complete degradation and expect positive results. It just won’t happen.
Seventh, Sanders said that he plans to pay for the massive increase in federal spending that his promises represent by taxing Wall Street. There isn’t enough money on Wall Street, on Main Street, or in the country to pay for the promises that we’ve already made. Adding programs is foolhardy unless we’re willing to make some cuts.
Bernie, tell me about the program/spending cuts you plan to make. All you talk about is spending more money and taxing rich people to pay for it. That kind of stupidity got us into this mess. It won’t get us out of it.
Finally, following the New Hampshire primary, Sanders went to New York to lobby Al Sharpton for support. Sharpton is a charlatan. He has built a lucrative career as a huckster. Refusing to lobby Wall Street bankers for moral reasons while you lobby Al Sharpton for support is disingenuous. It raises questions in my mind about his honesty. I’ll leave it at that for now.
This is the bottom line: we don’t have a lot of time left to get things right. Bernie Sanders is not the right guy.
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1: Michael Snyder—Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are Paths To Same God:
A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God.
He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.
This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ.
As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to lay the groundwork for the coming one world religion, and yet hardly anyone seems upset by this.
SnyderTalk Comment: Pope Francis is a thoroughly dangerous man.
This is from the Catholic News Agency:
“The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.
‘Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,’” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
The best you can say for the pope is that he uses very confusing language. The worst you can say for him is really bad.
2: Amir Taheri—Syria: Checkered Past, Uncertain Future:
Next March will mark the fifth anniversary of what started as another chapter in the so-called “Arab Spring” morphed into a civil war, degenerated into a humanitarian catastrophe and, finally, led to the systemic collapse of Syria as a nation-state.
That sequence of events has had a profound impact on virtually the whole of the region known as the Greater Middle East, affecting many aspects of its component nations ranging from demography, ethno-sectarian composition and security. Since the purpose of this presentation is not to offer an historic account of the events, a brief reminder of some key aspects would suffice.
Five years ago, when the first demonstration took place in Deraa, in southern Syria, much of the so-called “Arab World” was in a state of high expectations in the wake of uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya that seemed to have ended decades of despotic rule by military-security organs of the state. Despite important differences, the Syrian state at the time fitted the description of the typical model of the Arab state as developed after the Second World War.
3: Washington Post—Israel’s Netanyahu likens Islamists to ‘wild beasts’:
On a tour of his country’s southern desert border with Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a proposal to erect a barrier around the country to protect it from militant infiltration.
“In our neighborhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts,” Netanyahu declared.
The plan is projected to cost some $75 million and is primarily aimed at countering the inroads made by the militant group Hamas, which has steadily built a network of tunnels into the embattled Gaza Strip.
“At the end of the day as I see it, there will be a fence like this one surrounding Israel in its entirety. We will surround the entire state of Israel with a fence, a barrier,” said the Israeli leader.
SnyderTalk Comment: Netanyahu is on target.
4: Washington Post—The stunning acceleration of Europe’s migration crisis, in one chart:
Europe is in crisis mode.
Inundated by a historic wave of migrants and refugees — some of them implicated in criminal activity — countries across the continent are tightening their borders and imposing policies to limit the flow of new arrivals.
Greece’s defense minister on Tuesday called on Turkey to let foreign authorities into its waters to stop migrants, many of whom have died on the dangerous journey through the Mediterranean Sea.
New data from the International Organization for Migration reveals the depth of the problem: Sometime next month, it expects Greece, home to roughly 11 million people, to receive its millionth migrant since the start of 2015.
Scientists announced Thursday that, after decades of effort, they have succeeded in detecting gravitational waves from the violent merging of two black holes in deep space. The detection was hailed as a triumph for a controversial, exquisitely crafted, billion-dollar physics experiment and as confirmation of a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
It may inaugurate a new era of astronomy in which gravitational waves are tools for studying the most mysterious and exotic objects in the universe.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves. We did it!” declared David Reitze, the executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), drawing applause from a packed audience at the National Press Club that included many of the luminaries of the physics world.
Some of the scientists gathered for the announcement had spent decades conceiving and constructing LIGO.
“For me, this was really my dream. It’s the golden signal for me,” said Alessandra Buonanno, who started working on the problem of gravitational waves as a postdoctoral student in 2000 and is now a theoretical physicist at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics.
SnyderTalk Comment: This kind of thing interests me a lot. In fact, I love it.
6: Yahoo News—Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to European Union (EU) member states, as NATO agreed to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.
In a speech in Ankara, Erdogan stepped up his denunciations of Western policy in the refugee crisis, confirming he had threatened EU leaders at a summit meeting in November that Turkey could say “goodbye” to the refugees.
But in a separate move, NATO agreed to send a naval group “without delay” to the Aegean to crack down on the people smugglers who have helped hundreds of thousands of migrants cross to EU territory in the last year.
Alarm is growing in EU capitals that thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after over a million made the perilous journey last year.
SnyderTalk Comment: See “NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis” and “Turkey’s Haunted Border with Syria”.
7: Jerusalem Post—Jordanian MP threatens to topple government over Israeli gas import:
Jordanian parliament member Muhammad Dawaymeh declared that the parliament will vote no confidence in the government if it moves towards signing a natural gas import deal with Israel.
In an interview with the Jordanian Raya radio station on Wednesday, Dawaymeh claimed that in the next week, government representatives will participate in a general meeting in the parliament to discuss the subject, after 35 parliament members requested such a meeting.
In the beginning of February, the Jordanian BDS movement relaunched its social media campaign against gas imports from Israel that was first launched in September 2014 following reports of renewed negotiations between Noble Energy and the Jordanian authorities.
8: Khaled Abu Toameh—Israel’s Arabs: A Tale of Betrayal:
The uproar surrounding a recent meeting held by three Israeli Arab Members of Knesset (parliament) with families of Palestinians who carried out attacks against Israelis is not only about the betrayal of their country, Israel. It is also about the betrayal of their own constituents: the 1.5 million Arab citizens of Israel.
Knesset members Haneen Zoabi, Basel Ghattas and Jamal Zahalka managed to accomplish several things at once with this controversial meeting. They certainly seem to have provoked the ire of many Jewish Israelis. Perhaps they violated the oath they made when they were sworn into parliament: “I pledge to bear allegiance to the State of Israel and faithfully to discharge my mandate in the Knesset.”
One thing, however, they have accomplished without question is acting against the interests of Israeli Arabs.
As battles continue to rage around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, so too does the war of words among two far-away countries involved in the fight — Russia and the United States.
The defense ministry for Russia, which has been lambasted for its own airstrikes in support of a Syrian government ground offensive around Aleppo, turned the tables Thursday with an accusation against the United States.
Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said no Russian warplanes were within 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) of Aleppo on Wednesday, but members of the American-led anti-ISIS coalition were.
NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance’s top commander said on Thursday.
Hours after NATO defense ministers agreed to use their maritime force in the eastern Mediterranean to help combat traffickers, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove said he was working quickly to design the mission.
“We are sailing the ships in the appropriate direction,” Breedlove told a news conference, and the mission plan would be refined during the time they were en route. “That’s about 24 hours,” he said.
Saudi Arabia has made a “final” decision to send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS, the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition force in Yemen told reporters on Thursday.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said that Riyadh was “ready” to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Syria, according to Saudi news agency Al Arabiya. He noted, however, that the coalition — which has largely targeted the militants with airstrikes — has not given its final approval on the Saudis’ decision to send ground troops.
Turkey is a NATO member — and so, by treaty, an American ally. Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sure didn’t sound like one on during a Thursday: He blamed the United States for, among other things, turning the Middle East into “a sea of blood.”
This all comes back to a big disagreement over one of Syria’s most important issues: the Kurds.
Kurdish militias in northern Syria have proven to be one of most successful battlefield forces fighting ISIS; the United States sees them as among its most effective partners in the country.
At the same time, Turkey’s long-running conflict with Kurdish insurgents inside its own border has become increasing violent, with hundreds dying in the past few months. The Syrian Kurds have a tight relationship with their kin across the Turkish border; Turkey believes the US policy in Syria amounts to funding and arming an anti-Turkish terrorist group.
SnyderTalk Comment: I agree with Erdogan wholeheartedly. The U.S. has turned the Middle East into a “sea of blood”, but it wasn’t really the U.S.
It was Obama. He’s Erdogan’s friend.
Erdogan is a huge part of Obama’s problem. Our president should have been leaning on Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu for support and guidance. Instead, he turned to the Turkish president.
That was a gargantuan mistake. It resulted in the U.S. abandoning its traditional allies and opening the door to Russia’s and Iran’s adventurism in the region.
Obama thought he could reverse the rise in sea level. Instead, he turned the world into a war torn quagmire. With each strategic blunder, he blamed his predecessor.
Even now, with less than a year remaining in his 8-year term of office, he still blames W. for his mistakes. Thankfully, in less than 12 months, our experiment with this child will be over.
It’ has been a nightmare that we don’t want to repeat.
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- Stand!: A novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life?: A question that every Christian should consider. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused: A true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.